The Dawson Independent School District
is a public school district based in Dawson, Texas. DISD serves southwestern Navarro County in Central Texas, including the unincorporated community of Purdon, Texas. An extremely small portion of the district extends into neighboring Hill County. The school mascot is Bulldogs. DISD has one school with three campuses – Dawson Elementary (grades pre-k through 6), Dawson Junior High School (grades 7-8), and Dawson Senior High School (grades 9-12). DISD is administered by a superintendent and administrative staff in the central administration offices, which is located in the Dawson Senior High School building. Policy decisions and administrative suggestions are made by the Board of Trustees, who are elected by the community and school district members. Academic Awards
In 2010, the school district was rated “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency for academic excellence in the 2009 – 2010 school year. With this rating, DISD gained a new title, becoming the first and only school district in Navarro County to ever be rated “Exemplary” for excellence in academics. In 2011, after losing the use of the Texas Projection Measure, DISD fell short of keeping “Exemplary” and became a “Recognized” district. DISD still remains one of the highest rated school districts in Navarro County though, tying with the Rice ISD. In 2013, Dawson High School was ranked as one the Nation’s Top High Schools when US News did it’s annual Best High School’s report. Dawson High School recieved a “Bronze” ranking. DHS was the ONLY school once again in Navarro County to recieve this award during the 2013 report. Mission and Motto The mission of DISD is to provide each student a meaningful, challenging education, delivered in a safe learning environment, that prepares him or her to be a capable, productive, and contributing citizen. DISD’s motto is “Striving for Excellence”. Dawson ISD Logo In 2010, the DISD Board Members adopted a new school logo for use district-wide. The logo originated from the DISD Athletic Department, where Athletic Director Scott Hawkins designed this for use by the Athletics Department on shirts, football helmets, ect… Student / Teacher Ratio and Counts DISD serves approximately 425 students as of December 7th, 2012. The approximate student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1. DISD employs approximately 90 administrators, faculty, staff, and teachers. Sports and Extracurriculars Dawson ISD excels in numerous activities. Sports that Dawson HS and JH participate in are Girls Volleyball (V, JV, JH), Football (V, JH), Cross Country (HS and JH), Basketball (B and G V, JV, and JH), Baseball (Varsity), Softball (Varsity), Powerlifting (HS), Tennis (HS, V), Golf (HS), and Track (HS and JH). Extra-Curricular activities include Cheerleading (HS and JH), Drill Team (HS), Yearbook (HS), FFA (HS), One Act Play (HS and JH), and National Honor Society (HS).
2008 Bond Projects In 2008, the Dawson Independent School District issued a $3,995,000 Bond for Dawson ISD Members to vote on for School Repairs, Property Expansion, and Debt Relief. The repair side of the bond was for a new roof for Dawson Junior / Senior High School, security upgrades for the entrances of all district campuses, bathroom remodels, new gym floor, and science lab repairs. A Baseball / Softball / Tennis Complex, a new concession stand with restrooms for the Ed Mitchell Field, and 5 buses were purchased with the bond, too. Members voted “Yes” on their ballots which lead to the passing in the 2008 School Bond Elections. All projects are currently completed. From dawsonisd.net